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Dean AnnMarie LeBlanc, M.F.A.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Research and Creative Endeavors: Cross-cultural myths and archetypes; original imagery through traditional and digital media
Hobbies: Growing heirloom herbs and vegetables
Favorite book: Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie
People would be surprised to know that: "My skills in the kitchen come from my Southern roots - I cook a mean gumbo and shrimp étouffée!

On July 1, 2015, I began serving as Dean and Professor of Media Arts for Robert Morris University's School of Communications and Information Systems. From the moment I walked onto campus I began to experience the spirit and witness the skillful contributions of Robert Morris students, faculty and staff. 

Prior to coming to RMU, I served as Interim Dean of the College of Communication and Information and Director of the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. During my 29-year history in higher education I was also faculty member on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University where I served as Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and as chairperson of Visual Communication and Design. In addition, I have taught on the campuses of University of Michigan and University of Massachusetts and have instructed in subjects as varied as graphic design, digital imaging, printmaking, interaction design, typography, and color theory. 

As a practicing visual artist/designer I began working in digital imaging in the mid-1980’s, at the very birth of the medium. Thematically, my work centers on studies of botanical life as an intimate part of humanity’s lore, medicine and spirituality.  These images celebrate richly diverse cultures and the knowledge of indigenous plants that have been woven into traditions passed from generation to generation.  

I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as the Dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems and look forward to welcoming you into our campus and school.